Polk County Inmate Claims He Was Helped Escape

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 7/09/2013 7:15 pm
POLK COUNTY, TN, (WDEF)-Polk County Officials say Zachary Russell escaped through a kitchen area and cut a hole in sheet rock before making his way through a maintenance room and into the parking lot.

However it is Madison Kay Parker who Russell says made the escape possible.

After stealing a bicycle and cycling a mile to Madison's home, Russell was later arrested after initially hiding in a wardrobe.

Neighbors are upset, worried and angry.

Darlene Black,"He was in the building next to mine, i'm in a wheelchair I can't run, i can't get away"

Pauline Walden,"He could get out and come in my apartment hold me and my kids, because I don't lock my door, I trust the people that's here, no I don't like it and I know everybody else don't either"

Russell claims Madison had told him her address and offered a safe house and escape route in exchange for money.

Madison Kay Parker was arrested for what Officer Joe Price told News 12 was  permitting or facilitating the escape of an inmate.

Madison Kay Parker off camera at her home earlier today was visibly upset, she told News 12 she is shocked by these accusations.

     Madison added that she has an attorney and requests privacy for both her and her family during this troubling time.

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